The Checkup: Most Americans Oppose Health-Care Law But Like Its Provisions
• In the category of “Things That Don’t Make Sense,” a new online Reuters/Ipsos poll found that a majority of Americans—56 percent—oppose President Obama’s health-care reform law, even though they like many of its provisions. Reuters reports: “The survey results suggest that Republicans are convincing voters to reject Obama’s reform even when they like much of what is in it, such as allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26.” Other measures under the law that people like include banning insurance companies from denying people coverage based on preexisting conditions and requiring companies with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance for them. One provision most survey respondents (61 percent) agreed on striking down is the so-called “individual mandate,” requiring all U.S. citizens to own health insurance. Buried at the bottom of the Reuters report is perhaps the most interesting finding of all:
A good portion of the opposition to the healthcare law is because Americans want more reform, not less of it.
The poll found that a large number of Americans – including about one-third of Republicans and independents who disagree with the law – oppose it because it does not go far enough to fix healthcare.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the law this week, as early as today.
• Here’s some fine print you don’t see on gym contracts every day: rules banning skinny people from the premises. But that’s just what one Vancouver-area gym is doing to create a safe haven for the overweight and obese.
• The EPA announced Friday that it will revamp its air-pollution policy by 2020 to make air in our country a bit cleaner. That’s terrific news, considering poor air quality has been linked to everything from heart attacks to low birth weight. Prevention has more.